Paper and Board

April 30 - May 4, 2022 | Charlotte, NC USA

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Congratulations to TAPPI's 
2021 Paper and Board Division Award Winners



Division Leadership and Service Award and Oscar May Prize
Rosy Covarrubias
Rosy Covarrubias

Innovation Director – Packaging

Rosy Covarrubias is the Innovation Director – Packaging at Buckman Laboratories. Beginning her career at Buckman in 1997 as a senior development specialist, Covarrubias moved upward within the company as a project leader, manager of product development, and technology director and product line management before arriving at her present assignment. Prior to Buckman she worked for Papelera De Chihuahua in Mexico as a Process Engineer.

Covarrubias holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Instituto Technologico de Chihuahua in Mexico, a Master in Polymer Chemistry from the University of Portland Oregon, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and a Project Management Certification from Western Carolina University. Her expertise includes sales, project management, marketing, technical service, and research and development. She is very active with TAPPI, having served on the Additives Committee, the Paper and Board Division, and in the PIMA Women in the industry Division. She has also been a session chair at TAPPI conferences every year since 2005. She was an instructor for the TAPPI Tissue Runnability Workshop prepared for Wausau Tissue and co-wrote a chapter for the Micro and Nanoparticles in Papermaking book and the Make Paper Products Stand Out book.

Division Technical Award and Harris O. Ware Prize
Douglas Sweet
Douglas F. Sweet. P.E.

Doug Sweet & Associates, Inc.

Doug Sweet is a mechanical engineer from the University of South Florida with over 40 years in the pulp, paper, and containerboard industry. Following graduation, he was a maintenance manager at Procter & Gamble tissue mill before shifting to design and sales of paper machine vacuum systems with Clark & Vicario, later purchased by The Nash Engineering Company. Throughout his career, Sweet has visited almost 350 paper mills in 11 countries and observed over 800 paper machines. He has received two US patents for papermaking equipment, published many articles in US and Canadian trade journals, and is a frequent speaker at paper industry conferences.

Since 2001, Sweet has been an independent consultant specializing in paper machine vacuum system optimization and energy reduction projects, and has completed over 250 system audits. From 2011-2019 he was co-chair of Alabama’s Legislative Subcommittee on Energy Efficiency and Conservation. Sweet received TAPPI’s Engineering Division Award and Beloit Prize in 2014 and PIMA’s Thomas F. Sheerin, Sr. Service Award in 2017.

Best Papermaking Technology Paper and Jasper Mardon Memorial Prize
John Neun
John A. Neun

Engineering Consultant

John Neun is an engineering consultant who has been in the paper industry since 1979. He started his career as a research engineer with Albany Felt Company, studying and developing wet felt performance and felt dewatering devices and then as a service engineer performing vibration analyses on high-speed machines. He also worked at Mechanical Technology Incorporated where he gained a wide range of vibration analysis experience in rotating machinery, structures, and acoustics, instructed in a course on FFT spectrum analysis, and led a number of multi-million dollar projects. He later went to Kadant - AES, as a Cleaning and Conditioning Product Manager and Design and Development Manager.

Neun received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York State. He has surveyed and analyzed hundreds of paper and tissue machines to find means of improving their efficiency. In addition to overall engineering analysis, he has demonstrated expertise in vacuum systems, water systems, fabric cleaning systems, forming systems, and presses. He holds six U.S. patents and has published many technical papers.

Neun is a TAPPI Fellow and is past Chairman of the Papermaker's Committee and Water Removal Committee as well as the Paper and Board Division. He has received the Leadership and Service Awards from both the TAPPI Engineering Division and Paper and Board Division, and the TAPPI Engineering Division Technical Award.